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Losing the space war to 'irresponsible' Russian and Chinese actions could cost UK £1billion every day, Chief of the Air Staff warns
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Losing the space war to 'irresponsible' Russian and Chinese actions could cost UK £1billion every day, Chief of the Air Staff warns

Losing the space war to “irresponsible” Russian and Chinese actions could cost the UK £1billion every day, the Chief of the Air Staff has warned. Aggressive activity by nations such as Russia and China “threaten the peaceful use of space” and could leave parts of the low earth orbit region “completely

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Losing the space war to “irresponsible” Russian and Chinese actions could cost the UK £1billion every day, the Chief of the Air Staff has warned.

Aggressive activity by nations such as Russia and China “threaten the peaceful use of space” and could leave parts of the low earth orbit region “completely unusable” according to Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston.

The head of the RAF warned of “directed energy weapons” which can dazzle sensors or damage satellites such that they tumble out of stable orbit and burn up as they fall through the Earth’s atmosphere.

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He criticised China for developing “Direct Ascent Anti-Satellite” rockets, capable of being fired from the ground to destroy satellites in orbit.